Microsoft adds Mixed Reality demo to Windows 10

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Microsoft previously let us know that a range of its OEM partners with familiar names from the PC world would be building headsets that offer mixed reality experiences on Windows 10 hardware. The tech giant launched its Windows 10 Insider Build 15048, which allows users to access the Windows Mixed Reality Portal. Developer Mode must be enabled in order to access the portal. Once opened, the program will compare your hardware with the required system specifications for Windows Mixed Reality. Users can choose to set up a development kit headset or…

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Facebook is testing emoji reactions and dislikes in Messenger

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When words just aren’t enough emojis come to the rescue, and Facebook is reportedly testing out a feature that lets you reply to messages with smiles, sad faces, and even a thumbs down icon. Facebook confirmed to TechCrunch that emoji reactions are indeed being trialled. Most of the reactions are the same as the ones you’ll know from your News Feed, except for that thumbs down, “dislike” button, which Facebook says is more of a “no” response to something that’s been said. “We’re always testing ways to make Messenger more…

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Google unveils ‘Meet,’ a Hangouts app for businesses

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Google recently killed its Hangouts API and said that consumer apps that use it won’t work after April 25th. However, the tech giant has quietly unveiled Meet by Google Hangouts app for businesses, a big part of its strategy to shuffle the Hangouts app towards businesses and away from consumers. The search giant said last year that it wouldn’t abandon Hangouts, but it’s not clear if it’ll allow consumers to keep using it or push them over to Duo. The new app supports HD video meetings with up to 30…

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Samsung introduces its new Galaxy Book family of tablets running Windows 10

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Samsung has introduced a couple of new devices running Windows 10. The company introduced its new Galaxy Book which comes with two different devices: the Galaxy Book 10 and the Galaxy Book 12. Samsung’s new Galaxy-Book family can be taken as a successor to last year’s Galaxy TabPro S line, as the new devices pack similar features and design. The Galaxy-Book 10 comes with a 10.6-inch display with a resolution of 1920×1280 pixels, while the bigger Galaxy Book 12 packs a 12-inch Super AMOLED HDR display. According to the PC World,…

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New Update Makes Twitter Look Like Tweetdeck on Windows 10

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Twitter’s Windows 10 app has now received a useful feature with its latest update as the company has now added Tabs to make it more like TweetDeck PC Tech reports. Apart from the Tabs, with the latest update, pinned tweets can now be viewed and created inside the app, the number of replies for each tweet will now be visible, and Direct Messages can now display rich content instead of just plain text links. TweetDeck, which was launched in 2008 and acquired by Twitter three years later and , has…

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YouTube to Remove 30-Second Unskippable Advertisements

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Google is planning to abolish those 30-second non-skippable ads next year according to Slash Gear. However, YouTube will have to find another way to please the advertisers. Users with  complete interest in ad free YouTube experience can opt for a subscription to YouTube Red, which cuts out ads completely and offers access to exclusive shows and other video content. So they have to watch it no matter what! It’s going to focus instead on formats that work well for both users and advertisers. But most likely, they will also be placing…

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WhatsApp is the latest Facebook product to clone Snapchat stories

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WhatsApp has launched  WhatsApp Status, a new tab for sharing decorated photos, videos and GIFs that disappear after 24 hours. It’s another Facebook-owned Snapchat Stories copycat, but the twist is that it’s end-to-end encrypted like WhatsApp messaging. As on Snapchat, WhatsApp stories are posted from an in-app camera. Once you’ve taken a photo, you can adorn it with drawings, text, and emoji. Once you post your story, it appears in a new “status” tab, where your contacts can view it for the next 24 hours. You can reply to friends’ updates…

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Google’s AI Duet lets you make music with a virtual pianist

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Google’s latest artificial intelligence experiment is a music-playing piano bot that digests whatever keyboard melodies you give it and tries to respond in kind. The neat tool is called Artificial Intelligence Duet, and it’s part of an ongoing push from Google’s Creative Lab division to help the public familiarize themselves with AI and all the ways it can mimic human behavior — and even create art. According to the Verge, a collection of music-focused Artificial Intelligence tools were first shown off last fall, but now AI Duet in particular has…

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Chinese tech giant Baidu bets on AI and virtual reality

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Several tech giants and visionaries  have been rallying around artificial intelligence (AI) and augmented and virtual realities (AR/VR) as the next big developments in technology. The Chinese online search giant Baidu Inc embarked on this strategy as it announced its first venture capital firm focusing next-generation technologies, such as artificial intelligence, augmented reality and virtual reality. According to a recent report by China Daily, the new company Baidu Venture, will mainly focus on early-stage AI, AR and VR projects. In an official statement Baidu says that new venture company will…

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Apple suspends sales of its new LG 5K monitor

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Apple has reportedly halted sales of LG’s 5K monitor following well-publicised interference issues with the display, which is affected by being in close proximity to Wi-Fi routers. According to Business Insider, the UltraFine 5K Display is no longer being sold in Apple stores – while the monitor is still on display in the firm’s many shops, if a customer wants to make a purchase, they won’t be sold one. The Business insider reports that the tech giant Store employees were instructed this weekend to continue to display the LG monitors…

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